SONY ROBOT DOG (AIBO)
Sony company is going to release its robot dog Aibo in the US. The new edition will be available to purchase in September for $2,899 and will be bundled with three years of Sony’s AI Cloud service. This latest version represents the sixth generation of Sony’s once insanely popular robot pet and marries modern robotics with a cloud-based AI engine and advanced image sensors.
Sony’s robot’s suite of 1- and 2-axis actuators allow the pooch freedom of movement over 22 axes, and aibo is able to express itself by wagging its tail, moving its ears and making full use of its two OLED eyes.
The latest version of Aibo is a major step up from the previous five generations of the robot, which Sony discontinued in 2006 at a time when the company was undergoing serious cost cutting measures and a slumping stock price.
The company even staged a mock funeral for Aibo, widely seen as a sign the company had lost its risk-taking ways
Only 150,000 units of the robot dog were sold from 1999 to 2006, according to Japanese media company The Mainichi.
Aibo has been a hit in Japan, where it was reintroduced in January. In May, the company said it sold 11,111 units in the first three months of availability.
The Japanese version is significantly cheaper, coming in at 198,000 yen (approximately $1,800). However, Aibo owners also have to spend roughly $25 a month on the cloud-based services, which are bundled in the U.S.